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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Fifa postpones Yemen's 2012 Olympics qualifier

Anti-government protesters shout slogans as they raise their shoes during a protest in Sanaa. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ZURICH - FIFA has postponed Yemen's home qualifying match for the 2012 Olympics against Singapore because of anti-government protests in the capital Sanaa.
Fifa says it agreed with the Asian Football Confederation to delay next Wednesday's scheduled first-leg match by one week until March 2.
Fifa says the match could later be switched to a neutral country if the security situation 'does not clearly improve in the next days'. Fifa says the match must be organised in a 'totally safe and secure environment'.
Police fired tear gas on Friday at protesters in Yemen demanding the removal of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. -- AP